2022 Family Reunion – Germany Valley, WV

The Rev. Anthony Jacob Henckel Family National Association, Inc.

Reunion Minutes

June 17-19, 2022

Moorefield – Germany Valley, WV

            After a two year wait since the reunion in June 2019 because of the Pandemic, association members met on the above dates for the annual reunion and business meeting.  A reception with refreshments was attended on Friday night June 17 in the banquet room of the South Branch Inn in Moorefield, WV.  Registration was completed for those in attendance and Reunion programs with schedule was handed out including maps and information on Saturday’s visits to areas of Hinkle interest and history.  Association President, Eddie Hinkle welcomed those in attendance and reviewed the schedule and details for the weekend.

            On Saturday morning 18 June members formed a convoy of vehicles for the day’s activities.  The first stop was at the Brake Church and cemetery.  It is there that Jacob Henckel, eldest son of John Justus Henckel and father of Rev. Paul Henckel and Moses Henkel is buried.

            In Rev. Paul Hinkle’s diary he wrote on July 8, 1807 during his visit back to the area “Here I preach in the church in which I was brought up and my father of blessed memory lies buried.”  Many members were able to view far the first time a memorial monument in the front of the cemetery for Jacob Hinkle which the Henckel Family Association had installed in 2017.  Association President, Eddie Hinkle addressed members at this location noting the setting of the monument, some of the history of Jacob Hinkle’s travels and the large blocks of farmland where Jacob and his family lived nearby.

            The group then traveled to Seneca Rocks Visitor Center where the large conference room had been reserved for a presentation by association Historian, Greg Adamson.

            Greg gave an intriguing program on the history of the Seneca Rocks area including power point pictures of drawings by former artist and writer “Porte Crayon” of the area in the mid 1800’s.  Greg also discussed with the group the fascinating rock formations which were in view throughout the area.  Greg’s training and vast experience in Geology made the ancient history of these formations even more interesting.  He then shared views of large tracts of land maps documenting the fact that the Hinkle’s had owned much of the land including Seneca Rocks.  COL Jesse Hinkle, son of CPT Isaac Hinkle and grandson of John Justus Hinkle owned much of the land and is buried on his former property behind Seneca Rocks.  Greg also showed a picture of the small fenced cemetery when COL Jesse is buried with a photo of his monument.

            Attendees then traveled to Riverton, WV to the T/Sgt Clinton M. Hedrick Community Center where box lunches were delivered by Clyde Hinkle and his grandson, Conner.  The community center is named for World War II hero Clinton Hedrick who was the 9th great grandson of Rev. Anthony Jacob Henckel and the 8th great grandson of Hinkle Fort commander John Justus Hinkle.  Sgt. Hedrick was the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism in Germany.  He is buried in The North Fork Cemetery in Germany Valley in sight of the gravesite of his ancestor, John Justus Hinkle.

            The group then traveled to the Hinkle Fort marker in Germany Valley and the cemetery on the original tract of land on which John Justus Hinkle built Hinkle’s Fort.  It was a beautiful summer day and members were able to view much of the beautiful valley from the high ground at the cemetery.

            Reunion attendees gathered at 6:30 PM on Saturday June 18th in the banquet room of the South Branch Inn at Moorefield for a delicious buffet style dinner. Following dinner President Hinkle called the annual business meeting to order at 7:40 PM.  A period of silence was observed for former members, relatives and friends that had passed away since the last meeting in 2019.  Kimberly Hinkle Linger gave the treasurers report which was approved as read.  Kimberly also gave the secretary report in the absence of Secretary Cynthia Hinkle Hershberger who was attending a meeting of the National DAR.  She noted that the reunion attendance was 44 people from 7 different states.  Report was approved as read.  New Market, VA was selected as the site for the 2023 Reunion on 16 – 18 June, Father’s Day weekend.  It will have been 10 years since our last meeting in New Market in 2013.  There is a lot of Hinkle family history in the Shenandoah Valley.  New Market was the home of the Hinkle Press for many years.  It is also the home of Emanuel Lutheran Church and its historic cemetery.  The group also voted to another printing of “The Henckel Genealogy, The Big Red Book” as it had been out of print for some time.  It was also noted that 2023 reunion would be the time for election of association officers.

            Following the business meeting former association Vice-President Howard Estes gave a slide presentation of Association member’s trip to Germany in 2003 to visit the areas where Rev. Anthony Jacob Henckel was born, baptized, educated and served as Pastor.  Howard pointed out on the slides the familiarities between that area in Germany and what we had seen in Germany Valley that very afternoon.  He also noted the thrill of standing in churches which Rev. Henckel was pastor and visiting Giessen University and viewing the original documents where Rev. Henckel had signed in and then signed out 4 years later after completing his degree.  Those present who had made the Germany trip 19 years earlier were Howard & Sue Estes, Delma Hinkle Buckley and Eddie J. Hinkle.  Howard received a rousing round of applause following his excellent program.

            Meeting was adjourned at 9 PM.